CFC: Early Career Investigator Award 2019/2020


Cystic Fibrosis Canada (CFC)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the program's websites and Proposal Central for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Early Career Investigator award provides investigators who are early in their career establishment grant funds to develop and demonstrate their independence for initiating and conducting outstanding cystic fibrosis (CF) research. The award aims to build the capacity of emerging leaders in CF research in Canada and increase the impact on Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s mission to end CF. Applicants may apply for this award in addition to Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Basic/Clinical Research grants, however, they may only accept one grant/award. 

The purpose of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Early Career Investigator award is to provide support to a limited number of exceptional investigators, who intend on making a career in CF research. The goal of this award is to provide early career investigators an opportunity to develop outstanding CF research programs and build a team through operating grant support without having to compete against established investigators.



At the time of application, candidates must:

  • hold a health professional degree at a doctoral level (e.g. M.D.) or a Ph.D. degree;
  • be within five years (60 months) of, or have a formal documented commitment to, their first full-time academic or research appointment at the time of application;
  • never have held an operating grant from Cystic Fibrosis Canada in the past;
  • have a written commitment from the Dean of Faculty or Research Director:
    • guaranteeing a minimum of 0.50 FTE (full-time equivalent) protected research time for individuals with a health professional degree at a doctoral level (e.g. M.D.) who hold a licence to practice in a province or territory in Canada, or a minimum of 0.75 FTE protected research time for individuals with a Ph.D. degree or health professional degree at a doctoral level who do not hold a licence to practice in a province or territory in Canada (the remaining 0.25 or 0.50 FTE may be devoted to teaching and/or clinical activities).
    • detailing the appointment, including teaching load, clinical and administrative duties, adequate research/office space, resources (equipment and/or staff), start-up funds, etc.
  • be sponsored by a Canadian research institution or medical school;
  • exhibit exceptional potential, and demonstrate the ability to initiate and conduct independent research. 

Funding Availability

The maximum grant request for an early career investigator award is $100,000/year. Cystic Fibrosis Canada will accept budget requests beyond $100,000/year if there is a funding partner.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

up to 2 years

Special Notes

Application forms and terms/conditions are available on proposalCENTRAL. Applicants that have never used proposalCENTRAL will be required to register prior to applying. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Application to submit a copy of application along with the letter of support from your College and a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit complete application to sponsor using on-line system proposalCENTRAL


PDF icon Program Guidelines351.23 KB
For Questions, please contact

Tania Pellegrini, PhD | Manager, Research Operations

2323 Yonge St., Suite 800 Toronto, Ont. M4P 2C9  
416-485-9149 ext. 229 | 1-800-378-2233 ext. 229 

For technical support with the online application, contact proposalCENTRAL
1-800-875-2562 (Toll-free) weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

Alert Classifications
Funding Opportunities and Sponsor News

Health and Life Sciences